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The top 5 casinos in and around Toronto

Toronto area casinos are places where hope springs eternal. Whether you want to trek out to Niagara Falls to place your bets, or stay within city limits, there's plenty of casinos not too far from home. Remember your four-leaf clovers, rabbit's feet, horseshoes and pray that you save (or win) your rent money.

Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the top casinos in and around Toronto.

The Ex
If you want to get in on the casino action, but don't feel like making a trip outside the city, head to The Ex. The annual CNE casino offers blackjack, roulette, WAR, Spanish 21, 3-card poker, Texas hold 'em and more. Unfortunately, it's only open for a short stint of about a month every summer. Check the website for this years' dates and plan accordingly.

Casino Rama
You'll have to travel about two hours from the city to get to Casino Rama, but it's well worth the drive. This gambling hub boasts a number of table games to choose from (everything from craps to blackjack), over 2500 slot machines, and live performances happening on an almost nightly basis.

Fallsview Casino
Niagara is a well-loved destination for casino enthusiasts for good reason. Fallsview flaunts over 20 table games, more than 3,000 slots, and million dollar jackpots. It's also an entertainment destination, hosting over 250 shows a year with big name performers like ZZ Top and Tony Bennett.

Casino Niagara
Casino Niagara is another tried and true spot in Niagara for those with a penchant for poker. The casino offers tons of gaming options, including 1,300 slots and 10 table games, multi-sport wagering, and live entertainment. A bonus, they offer free live music on Friday and Saturday, which is great if you can't afford a paid performance after one too many rounds of blackjack.

Great Blue Heron Casino
Looking to satisfy your craving for card-playing around Scugog? Great Blue Heron offers a ton of table games and the regular roster of slot machines. You can book your seat online if you want to take part in one of their many poker tournaments.

What did I miss? Add your suggestions in the comments.

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